Luminary Leaders: Youth Leadership and Recognition Program

UUA logo blogLuminary Leaders are dedicated, inspiring and involved. They can be found in youth groups, congregations, districts and communities across the Association. The Luminary Leaders program is an opportunity for youth leaders to get more involved, network with one another, and be recognized for their skill and achievement.

Youth join the Luminary Leaders program through a simple registration process. All youth who register are added to our network of leaders, connecting them to one another at to both formal and informal leadership opportunities. Youth who additionally meet the criteria for recognition as accomplished youth leaders are awarded. These recognized leaders are presented with a certificate of recognition and a lapel pin.

If you consider yourself a leader, we want you to be part of this program. There are no limits to the number of youth we can accept.

See our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the program.


UUA President Issues Statement on Zimmerman Verdict

PeterJuly 15, 2013

The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), issued this statement on the George Zimmerman trial verdict:

A Florida jury has acquitted George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African American teenager. It is hard to imagine that if an unarmed white teenager had been shot and killed by an African American man that the verdict would have been the same. The legal system has had its say, but justice has not been served. As we search for meaning in the wake of these events, I remember the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

At this year’s General Assembly, delegates approved an Action of Immediate Witness (AIW) condemning racist mistreatment of young people of color by police. The AIW stems from the work of author Michelle Alexander whose book The New Jim Crow describes the institutional racism behind the mass incarceration of people of color. The resolution calls on congregations to condemn the pattern of mistreatment of people of color through practices such as “stop and frisk” by police. It asks congregations to work with other congregations and other groups to stop this practice.

As president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, an institution committed to anti-racism and anti-oppression, I am committed to partnering with our congregations to put this work into action. We must respond to our society’s violence, hatred, and fear with compassion and justice. It has always been a matter of life and death. It always will be.

UUA President Issues Statement on Historic Decisions on Marriage Equality

PeterThe Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), issued this statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic decisions on marriage equality:

“Today, the U.S. Supreme Court, the highest court of our country, stood on the side of love with its decision in United States v. Windsor declaring that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment.

This is a proud and momentous day for all who have suffered under this law and felt discrimination based on their sexual orientation. It is a victory for the principle that civil rights belong to all.

In the Proposition 8 case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal over same-sex marriage on jurisdictional grounds, essentially paving the way for marriage equality in California.

While I am disappointed that the Supreme Court did not declare the freedom to marry as a constitutionally-protected “equal protection” right that would apply to all states, I applaud this historic step towards equality.

The Unitarian Universalist Association joined two amicus curiae briefs in these cases with other religious organizations in support of marriage equality. In both cases, the UUA argued that a broad cross-section of religious denominations recognize the dignity of lesbian and gay people and their relationships, recognize the necessary distinction between civil and religious marriage, and recognize that civil marriages of same-sex couples will not impinge upon religious beliefs or practices, but rather will prevent one set of religious beliefs from being imposed on others through civil law.

Unitarian Universalists have been vocal supporters of marriage equality for decades.  I thank them for their dedicated commitment to our Unitarian Universalist principle of affirming the worth and dignity of every person.

There is still so much work to be done to ensure equal protection for all who live and love in our country. As we know, marriage equality strengthens families, protects children, and ensures the basic rights of citizenship for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender couples.

It remains my fervent hope that soon marriage equality is afforded to all in this country. Unitarian Universalists will continue to stand on the side of love with all families.”


DRUUMM has an ad in the GA Program Book and there will be information at the DRUUMDRUUMM logoM booth. 

  Here is the schedule:

     Wed. June 19 1:00-2:00 p.m.:

     Surviving GA for People of Color

     Thurs. June 20 10:15-11:45 p.m.:

     DRUUMM gathering/worship

     Sat. June 22 1:45-3:00 p.m.:

     DRUUMM annual business meeting

     Sat. June 22 10:15-11:45 p.m.: DRUUMM gathering/worship

UUA President’s Statement on the Boy Scouts of America Decision

PeterThe Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), issued the following statement reacting to the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) historic decision:

“Yesterday, the Boy Scouts of America took a historic step towards equality by agreeing to admit openly gay scouts. But this decision falls short of affirming the worth and dignity of all who would like to participate in scouting.

“While long opposing the BSA’s discriminatory policies, the UUA has consistently noted the many benefits that scouting offers to boys and young men, and we applaud the fact that these benefits will now be available to all male youth who want to participate in scouting.

“However, it remains wrong to continue to discriminate against scout leaders, Eagle Scouts, and parents. I fear the continued discrimination against gay adults sends the wrong message to gay youth. These youth will not feel fully accepted into the scouting family.

“Discrimination based on sexual orientation does not belong in scouting and is inconsistent with the BSA’s own values of respect and kindness.

“Unitarian Universalists remain hopeful that one day soon the BSA will change its remaining policies of discrimination and prejudice to ones of inclusion and respect for all who wish to participate in scouting at every level.”

UU College of Social Justice

UU College of Social JusticeAs a UUCSJ Program Leader you will be on the front lines of facilitating social justice education to your UU peers. This gets personal: you will be helping people understand how race, class, and gender shape our society, and their own lives.  You will help people gain an understanding of their own faith, and how that faith informs their justice work. And you will be providing tangible, replicable skills for people to envision and create communities of peace and justice.

For more information click here.


Associate for Youth and Young Adult Programs


The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee is seeking an Associate for Youth and Young Adult Programs. This is a regular full-time position located within the UU College of Social Justice, a partnership between the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) and the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA). For more information click here.



King’s Chapel Special Service

King’s Chapel will be open tomorrow for prayer, beginning at 8 a.m and for two special services of prayer and music (12:15 and 6). We are a place of sanctuary for our members and friends, for those who work in the City, and for the people from out of town who visit us daily.

Our usual Tuesday 12:15 concert will continue, as a time for musical reflection. We will also offer spoken prayers both prior to and after that concert. Also, at 6 p.m., we will host a brief service of prayer for any in the area who may be leaving their place of work and seek an opportunity to come together and pray.

Throughout the day, the Tour Guide staff will let all visitors know that they are welcome to come into this sacred space, to view its beauty, and to quietly pray, if they choose, but that we will not be offering regular tours. We also will place numerous additional Bede books around the Chapel so that those visiting can write prayers. God bless.

58 Tremont Street, Boston, MA.